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Aberdeen Man Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

Acting United States Attorney Dennis Holmes announced that an Aberdeen, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Distribution of Child Pornography.

Charles Chambers, age 36, was indicted on April 6, 2021.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William D. Gerdes on April 13, 2021, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 40 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, life of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on or about February 23, 2021, Chambers knowingly distributed and attempted to distribute child pornography that has been mailed, shipped, and transported in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer.

The charge is merely an accusation and Chambers is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Aberdeen Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Clapper is prosecuting the case.   

Chambers was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

Updated April 17, 2021

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